Whitey McDonald

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Whitey McDonald
Personal information
Full name Robert Logan McDonald
Date of birth (1902-08-11)11 August 1902
Place of birth Omagh, Ireland
Date of death 7 June 1956(1956-06-07) (aged 53)
Place of death Millport, Scotland
Playing position Wing Half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Hamilton Thistle
Toronto Ulster
1924–1928 Bethlehem Steel 119 (7)
1928–1939 Rangers 185 (?)
National team
1930–1932 Ireland 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Whitey McDonald (11 August 1902 – 7 June 1956) was an Irish soccer player who earned two caps with Ireland. He began his professional career in Canada, spent four seasons in the American Soccer League, then finished it in Scotland with Rangers F.C..

Club career[edit]

Born in Ireland, McDonald moved with his parents to Canada when he was two, growing up in Hamilton, Canada.[1] He began his professional career with Hamilton Thistle, playing in Spectator Cup in 1921 and 1922. He also spent time with Toronto Ulster United before signing with Bethlehem Steel of the American Soccer League in 1924. He played four seasons with Bethlehem. In 1928, Glasgow club Rangers toured the U.S. and spotted McDonald in its game with Bethlehem. They signed him in 1928 and he spent ten seasons with them. While a wing back in Canada and the U.S., he played left full back for Rangers.

National team[edit]

McDonald earned two caps with Ireland national football team.[2] His first was against Scotland in 1930 and the second against England in 1932.

McDonald was enshrined in the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame as an inaugural inductee in 2000.

The nickname "Whitey" was in reference to the colour of his hair which was a light reddish-blonde.


  1. ^ "Bethlehem Steel F.C. player profile". Archived from the original on 26 October 2009. Retrieved 11 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Whitey McDonald at National-Football-Teams.com

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